On Friday, sixteen athletes from Live Oak and two athletes from Gridley competed at the West Valley Invitational with several standout performances.
The biggest highlight for Live Oak, as well as their final race of the evening was Andrew Lopez’ performance in the 3200m. Lopez shattered Live Oak’s school record in the event, which he already held, of 10:00.72 by five seconds, taking fourth with a time of 9:55.67. Lopez, a junior, currently has the fourth best time in the Northern Section for the 3200m.
Senior Jessica Ontiveros ran a personal best in the 200m with a time of 28.61. Ontiveros was set to compete in the 4x100 relay but had hurt her knee in the 200m, so freshman Guadalupe Tinoco stepped up to fill her role. The varsity 4x100 team consisting of only underclassmen (Tinoco, sophomore Mara Johnson, sophomore Lacey Herbert, and freshman Marcella Anderson) finished with a very respectable time of 55.45.
Coach Greg Sanchez stated that he was “most pleased with their effort…but even more please with their willingness to compete in a stressful situation on a big stage.”
The 4x100 “B” team of freshmen Kasandra Rockwell, Tinoco, Vanessa Arredondo, and junior Crystal Hofer finished with a time of 55.67.
A number of Lions also finished the day with new personal records. Sophomore Adrian Silva ran his best in the 200m (24.35) and the 400m (53.65). Herbert ran her fastest time in the 100m hurdles (19.53) and the 300m hurdles (53.65). Marcella Anderson (29.29) and Guadalupe Tinoco (29.67) ran personal bests in the 200m. Junior Marcos Valencia ran his fastest time in the boys’ 800m (2:22.67), while freshman Juanita Hernandez ran her fastest time in the girls’ 800m (2:50.52). Kevin Rockwell, a freshman, beat his best times in both the 1600m (5:26.26) and the 3200m (12:10.04). Freshman Manpreet Chima tied her personal record with a height of 4 feet, 4 inches in the high jump.
Coach Sanchez said that he was very pleased with his team’s performance, especially since the majority of his athletes are freshmen or sophomores.
Gridley's Marisela Cardenas and Marin Spears, both sophomores, put up standout performances in both the shot put and the discus. Out of the 57 athletes competing in the shot put, Cardenas took first with a throw of
42 feet, while Spears placed ninth with a throw of 31 feet, 1 inch. In discus, Cardenas placed third (110 feet, 11 inches) and Spears placed 11th (91 feet, 11 inches).